The first modern’ printed map of Switzerland

By WALDSEEMULLER, Martin, 1513 

Tabvla Nova Heremi Helvetiorv.

Europe Switzerland
  • Author: WALDSEEMULLER, Martin
  • Publication place: [Strasburg
  • Publication date: 1513].
  • Physical description: Double-page woodcut map.
  • Dimensions: 620 by 450mm. (24.5 by 17.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2634


Waldseemuller’s modern’ map of Switzerland published in the seminal atlas of 1513.

Along with the twenty-seven Ptolemaic maps, Waldseemüller also added a second section of twenty modern maps, which was the first major attempt to break away from the Ptolemaic tradition. The present map of Switzeraland, is the first modern — i.e. non-Ptolemaic — map of the county. It differs stylistically from the other modern maps and was probably adapted from a manuscript map by Konrad Türst of circa 1495.